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Famous Female Linguists

Updated October 13, 2018 7.0k views9 items

List of famous female linguists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female linguists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being linguists. There are thousand of females working as linguists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic linguists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a linguist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List ranges from Joan Bybee to Irene Heim and more.

While this isn't a list of all female linguists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female linguists?" and "Who are the best female linguists?"
  • Mary Rosamond Haas (January 23, 1910 – May 17, 1996) was an American linguist who specialized in North American Indian languages, Thai, and historical linguistics....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1910-1996)
    • Birthplace: Richmond, Wayne Township, Indiana
    • Gender: Female
  • Kathryn "Kate" Burridge, FAHA, is a prominent Australian linguist specialising in the Germanic languages. Burridge currently occupies the Chair of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University.Burridge's work has mainly focused on Pennsylvania German-speaking communities in Canada, grammatical change in Germanic languages, the nature of euphemism and dysphemism, linguistic taboo, and on English grammatical structure in general. She is currently co-editor of the Australian Journal of Linguistics.Burridge is a regular presenter of language segments on ABC Radio. She appeared weekly as a panellist on ABC TV's Can We Help?, and has also...  more
    • Gender: Female
  • Yuliya Aleksandrovna Levina (Russian: Юлия Александровна Левина, (born 2 January 1973 in Saratov) is a Russian rower who competed for Russia in four Summer Olympics. In 2000, she was a crew member of the Russia boat which won the bronze medal in the quadruple sculls event....  more
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: Saratov, Russia
    • Gender: Female
  • Ofelia Zepeda (born in Stanfield, Arizona, 1952) is a Tohono O'odham poet and intellectual. She is Regents' Professor of Tohono O'odham language and linguistics and Head of American Indian Studies at The University of Arizona. Zepeda is the editor for Sun Tracks, a series of books that focuses on the work of Native American artists and writers, published by the University of Arizona Press....  more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Stanfield, Arizona
    • Gender: Female